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New Year’s Resolutions

Yes, it’s that time of year again – time to do your New Year’s Resolutions!

Einstein said it best…
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If you want 2016 to be DIFFERENT/BETTER than 2015, you have to do something DIFFERENT, change something…

The best way to make a change is to make New Year’s Resolutions!

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Are you achieving your New Year’s Resolutions?

The photo below, from Twitter reminded me that we’re just a few weeks into the new year and most people have already forgotten their New Year’s Resolutions

There are only a FEW people who wake up every morning with this level of enthusiasm and optimism.

Twitter - Happy To Sleep 5 more minutes

Click on the image or one of the hyperlinks and I’ll help you make 2015 – Your Best Year Ever.

 

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Due Tomorrow – Do Tomorrow

 

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Simplicity: The Ultimate Sophistication

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Today’s blog post is provided by the “Queen Of Organizing”, Maria Gracia.

Do you find yourself drawn to the elegant, peaceful room photos in home magazines and online? Do you look at gorgeously put-together people and wonder how on earth they manage it?

Do you find yourself at the point of chaos on a daily basis, and long for something a bit less frantic?

Habits that encourage simplicity are a fantastic way to fulfill a desire for elegance and sophistication in every area of life. Consider the following:

1) Simplicity in Your Spaces

Whether at work or at home, maintaining only those items that you find useful or beautiful leaves you with streamlined spaces that feel inherently more peaceful. Consider taking a snapshot of your current spaces. Then spend a bit of time mentally creating the space you’d love to walk into. You may be a lot closer to your ideal than you initially think. From streamlining, to simple rearrangement, to painting and refurbishment, you can simplify to your ideal point of beauty and serenity.

At work, treat your spaces as a peaceful extension of home. Do you need to reorganize your files or desktop? What could be visually simplified to be more functional? Something as simple as condensing personal photos from multiple frames or pin-ups into a single flip-style photo album can bring polished refinement to the space. A single fantastic mug, your favorite pen, a lovely plant… having one great version of your useful tools lets you enjoy the restful simplicity of your workspace, regardless of the busy pace of your tasks.

2) Simplicity in Your Schedule

Examine your obligations and commitments. Are you feeling frantic because you’re living in the thick of thin things?

Sometimes it’s necessary to streamline your schedule, and carefully include activities that restore your sense of
worth and fulfillment. It’s nice to be needed, but be frank: are you saying yes to every invitation because you feel insecure about your own worth? Seeking simplicity in how you use your time can restore a better balance, and help you focus on commitments that make the most of your
unique abilities, and fulfill both your needs and the needs of others.

Are there patterns to your work life, positive or negative?

Look for ways to streamline your use of time at work, and you’ll be on your way to your goal of the in-control, relaxed work style you crave. This could be as easy as printing shipping labels at your desk and arranging package pickups, rather than running out to the shipping carrier three times a week, or grouping all your email correspondence for a half-hour block early in the day. Small changes toward simplicity in your use of time can make a big impact on the rest of your day.

3) Simplicity in Your Habits

It’s too easy to add, add, add. Take time to refine your habits, remove lingering remnants of old habits, and gain a more polished end result. Find the three cleaning products you love and use most, and toss the rest. Find the health or beauty regimen that suits your needs best, and free yourself from the dregs of past attempts. Curate a simple wardrobe that meets your daily needs and delights your personal sense of style, and clear out everything that doesn’t work for you.

Have you fallen into ruts with your habits at work?

Choose just one aspect of your work life and find a way to restore conscious simplicity to your habit. Something as small as requesting email-receipt notification for only the most vital messages, or training yourself to write focused, clear messages and email can bring greater efficiency to your communication habits, and a much more graceful pace to your work.

4) Simplicity in Your Mind

Many times, outer chaos is just a signal of inner turmoil. Cultivate your inner sophistication with the studied use of ‘mind-drain’ brainstorming and project lists when you’re feeling overwhelmed, with choosing to express gratitude or thanks in the moment, rather than at some later date, or
with relaxation and meditation practice. ‘Inner peace’ looks different for every person, but everyone can take one chaotic element and choose a different way to handle those stresses. Being able to find serenity within your own mind, regardless of your external circumstances, is a fantastic
key to greater refinement and simplicity in even challenging circumstances.

In pursuit of your ideal lifestyle, where will you seek the ultimate sophistication of simplicity?

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Time Warp

Time WarpHave you ever wondered why time seems to pass more quickly as you age? Or how vacations seem to flash by as work days never seem to end?

There are several reasons for these perceptual and temporal distortions. One interesting explanation is offered by Scott H Young on his blog dedicated to getting more from life.

Simply stated, there are two explanations for why this happens.

The first is that, as you age, each year becomes a proportionally smaller amount of your life. The last five years of a 15 year-old’s life make up one third. By the time you’re fifty, it’s only 10%.

From this perspective, time accelerates because we judge time relative to the totality of our other experiences. There is no scientific proof this hypothesis is correct, but scientists could discover some neurological basis for this time gestalt in the future.

The second, and in my (and Scott’s) opinion, more likely perspective is that time seems to accelerate because our lives become more routine. For a teenager, every year is different. For a middle-aged office worker, change is gradual (or nonexistent).

Of course, if the second hypothesis is correct, that the acceleration of time isn’t a natural byproduct of aging, but due to life becoming increasingly stable (or boring), that suggests an alternative for stretching psychological time.

So if you feel like this is trickling by at an agonizingly slow pace, try something new, change your patterns and habits…

See what happens and let us know how you go!

 

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Why will 2013 be any different to 2012 or 2011?

New Year's Resolutions, Goal Setting, Goals, Dreams, ResolutionsFirst of all, this is not a rant, but an exposé on how most people live their lives insanely…

Albert Einstein said it best when he uttered these pivotal words “Insanity is doing the SAME things over and over again, expecting a DIFFERENT result.”

Now before you get your back up and claim you’re happy and content – you’re missing the point.

I am not advocating that you are not happy or content with your life. What I am suggesting is that maybe, just maybe there is MORE for you out there…

More passion and energy for what fuels your dreams and desires.

More excitement, adventure and variety for the things you love doing.

More challenge, growth and contribution to the causes you feel most attached to.

More love, engagement and interaction with those most precious to you.

More vitality, health and fitness to live life full-on.

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More of what you already have.

More of what you don’t have, but would like to have.

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Not because you’re depressed or demoralised, but because you want to grow and become…

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More confident.

More capable.

More knowledgeable.

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If any of this resonates with you, consider the fact that it’s all within your reach – with a simple, easy and straightforward process called New Year’s Resolutions.

Now before you frown on something as simple as this – I have a special step-by-step process that is unique, fun and special.

Click on the hyperlink to have a look at what it’s all about – BEFORE you write it off.

Too many people write themselves off before the process even starts.

Too many people would “like their lives to be better” but can’t be bothered to make the SMALL investment necessary to get a lifetime of rewards…

If you are one of these people, you have already clicked off this page and have gone on to something else…

So if you are still reading this, there is a chance you might take the first step today.

But y’know what?

The odds are you won’t.

Most people have given up – on themselves.

They have given up on their ultimate dream and destiny.

I know it sounds pessimistic, sad and cynical. It is and it’s a statistical fact.

MOST people do not achieve their dream goals or live their dream life.

Somewhere along the path, they lose their way, they lose their motivation, they lose their belief, they lose their faith.

Rarely do they seek assistance or guidance.

For some it’s an ego thing – they want to do it on their own, even if that means they will fail or come up short.

For others, they simply have no belief it’s possible – for them.

But there is a small minority of people who have not given up. That small minority still has belief that all it takes is ONE decision – ONE step and their destiny can be altered.

ONE decision.

That’s all it takes. You know what that is – make that ONE decision that will make 2013 your best year ever and learn to do your New Year’s Resolutions in a new, fun and exciting way.

 

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A Mayonnaise Jar and Two Beers

Before you read what’s next, you need to know I have been fortunate not to have had any significant family tragedies and dramas. You also should know I live halfway around the world from family and friends when I left North America to live in Sydney, Australia over a decade ago.

Over the years, I have traveled around-the-world dropping by my home town of Montreal (and Toronto) to see friends and family. I don’t know about you, but time sure seems to have a way of passing quickly as we get older…

Anyway, in recent years, I’ve lost some dear friends to breast cancer and other ailments and they’ve all shared the same realisations, understanding, philosophy that the metaphoric parable below illustrates so well.

Do with it what you may, but rest assured of one thing:

Something left unsaid is something left undone.

My rule of thumb is simple. If you can live with taking it to your grave with it unsaid, that’s OK, otherwise get in touch and tell those closest and dearest to you how you feel. I promise you it will be life changing.

If you need a little motivation to have the guts to open your heart (and mouth), go out and rent or buy the movie City Of Angels starring Meg Ryan and Nicolas Cage. I am sure it will convince you of the risk of counting on a second chance to make things right.

A Mayonnaise Jar and Two Beers

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, When 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the two beers story.  It goes like this.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him.

Mayonnaise Jar And Two Beers

When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.

Mayonnaise Jar And Two Beers

He then asked the students if the jar was full.

They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly.

The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.

He then asked the students again if the jar was full.

They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.

Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

He asked once more if the jar was full?

The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’

The professor then produced two beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.

Mayonnaise Jar And Two Beers

The students laughed!

‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognise that this jar represents your life.

The golf balls are the important things—your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favourite passions—and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.

The sand is everything else – the small stuff.

‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls.

The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Spend time with your children.

Spend time with your parents.

Visit with grandparents.

Take your spouse/partner out to dinner.

Play another 18 holes of golf.

There will always be time to clean the house, fix the disposal or deal with things from your job.

Take care of the golf balls first.  The things that really matter.

Set your priorities.

The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the beer represented.

The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’

The beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of beers with a friend.

Please share this with someone you care about, send them the link to this blog post,
it might just change their lives, it sure has mine.

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30 Things To Stop Doing To Yourself

30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself

30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself

When you stop chasing the wrong things you give
the right things a chance to catch you.

As Maria Robinson once said, “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”  Nothing could be closer to the truth.  But before you can begin this process of transformation you have to stop doing the things that have been holding you back.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  1. Stop spending time with the wrong people. – Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you.  If someone wants you in their life, they’ll make room for you.  You shouldn’t have to fight for a spot.  Never, ever insist yourself to someone who continuously overlooks your worth.  And remember, it’s not the people that stand by your side when you’re at your best, but the ones who stand beside you when you’re at your worst that are your true friends.
  2. Stop running from your problems. – Face them head on.  No, it won’t be easy.  There is no person in the world capable of flawlessly handling every punch thrown at them.  We aren’t supposed to be able to instantly solve problems.  That’s not how we’re made.  In fact, we’re made to get upset, sad, hurt, stumble and fall.  Because that’s the whole purpose of living – to face problems, learn, adapt, and solve them over the course of time.  This is what ultimately molds us into the person we become.
  3. Stop lying to yourself. – You can lie to anyone else in the world, but you can’t lie to yourself.  Our lives improve only when we take chances, and the first and most difficult chance we can take is to be honest with ourselves.  Read The Road Less Traveled.
  4. Stop putting your own needs on the back burner. – The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.  Yes, help others; but help yourself too.  If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now. Continue reading ’30 Things To Stop Doing To Yourself’
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The London 2012 Olympics

2012 Olympics, London 2012, London OlympicsWe’re on the eve of the 2012 London Olympics when the very best athletes converge on London to put it all on the line.

For many, it’s the make-or-break moment of their (athletic) careers yet it’s been easier for them to train than the average person.

Confused?

Let me explain.

Olympians have a 4-year timeline to work towards. It’s a FIXED DATE with FIXED RULES. That’s what makes it “easy”.

Everyday people don’t have that level of focus and accountability. They just live their lives, one day at a time not recognising that each day is either SPENT or INVESTED.

Olympic athletes know all too well that not only are the Olympics only once every 4 years, their biological clocks are ticking down every single day.

So what can YOU learn from Olympic athletes?

  • Lesson #1: Start to plan to achieve something in the future with a FIXED DATE.
  • Lesson #2: Don’t change the date or the rules of the achievement – that’s cheating.
  • Lesson #3: Treat each day as mission critical to “THE DAY” when you stand on the podium.
  • Lesson #4: Get yourself a coach and/or mentor who can get you “there” – wherever there is for you.
  • Lesson #5: Commit like an Olympian. Hold yourself to a higher standard. Don’t let yourself down.
  • Lesson #6: Follow through. You’ll have some good and bad days, just don’t lose faith in yourself.
  • Lesson #7: Learn the lessons along the way because unlike most Olympians who only get 1 shot, you can repeat this success EVERY 4 years, for the rest of your life!

Imagine holding yourself to an Olympic ideal from this day forward – WOW!

Psst!

Does all this sound a little daunting?

It is. And it’s why there are so few “Olympic” level successes in the world – most people just don’t want “it” bad enough.

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86,400

Imagine that you had won the following prize in a contest:   Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400.00 in your private account for your use.

However, this prize has rules, just as any game has certain rules.

The first set of rules would be:

Everything that you didn’t spend during each day would be taken away from you.

You may not simply transfer money into some other account.

You may only spend it.

Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another   $86,400.00 for that day.

The  second set of rules:

The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it can say, “Its over, the game is over!”  It can close the account and you will not receive a new one.

What would you personally do?

You would buy anything and everything you wanted right?
Not only for yourself, but for all people you love, right?
Even for people you don’t know, because you couldn’t possibly spend it all on yourself, right?
You would try to spend every cent, and use it all, right?

ACTUALLY This  GAME is  REALITY!

Each of us is in possession of such a magical bank. We just can’t seem to see it.

The MAGICAL BANK is TIME!

Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life, and when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is  NOT credited to us.

What we haven’t lived up that day is forever lost.

Yesterday is forever gone.

Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank  can dissolve your account at any time….WITHOUT  WARNING.

SO, what will YOU do with your 86,400  seconds?

Those seconds are worth so much more than the same amount in money

Think about that, and always think of this:

Enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than you  think.

So take care of yourself, be Happy, Love Deeply and enjoy life!

Here’s wishing you a wonderful and beautiful day.

Start spending.

Personal Productivity, Time Management

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Thank you to Brendan Rigby from Inspire Fitness in Melbourne.

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